1 Nov 2019

Eco-friendly: American Samoa to utilise landfill waste

1:11 pm on 1 November 2019

Along with the wind and solar energy projects in American Samoa, for which ground was broken this week, landfill waste will also be turned into energy.

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The American Samoa Power Authority said a $US31 million project at the landfill would use all the waste, except for cement and metal, to produce electricity.

The authority's acting executive director, Wallon Young, said only a small amount of electricity would be generated, but the real benefit would be protecting the environment.

Meanwhile, two new renewable energy projects worth nearly $US150m have been officially launched in American Samoa.

One is a solar photovoltaic farm to be built near the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna, and the other is a wind energy project in Aasu village.

The contractor for the solar project, which has a price tag of $US43m, is Canadian Solar/Recurrent Energy.

It will generate 20 megawatts of electricity.

The wind farm, being built by Green Global Solutions, is worth $US100m and will produce 42 megawatts.